Trinidad and Tobago is a two-island self-governing republic considered one of the wealthiest countries in the Caribbean with a per capita income well above the average for Latin America. Due to large reserves of oil and gas, exploitation of these resources dominates the economy. It is inhabited mostly by people of African and Indian descent. The climate is tropical with a rainy season June to December. Tobago is only 115 square mile and attracts diving enthusiasts and nature lovers. Trinidad, measuring 1,841 square miles is traversed by three distinct mountain ranges, is home to University of Trinidad, NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine’s partner. The University has expanded to four campuses that serve diverse communities across the Caribbean region – Cave Hill in Barbados, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, Mona in Jamaica and the Open Campus – all of which deliver high-quality education, research and services to all 15 contributing countries that support the University, as well as the Turks & Caicos Islands. Despite this country’s high-income status, more than 20% of the population is living below the poverty line in Trinidad and Tobago, while 8-11% is undernourished, according to report released in 2014. NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine and its health center partners located throughout the island help to ensure equitable and affordable dental care while enhancing and honing the skills of postdoctoral dental practitioners.
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